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Our experience with folding in libraries suggests that it will be a couple of weeks work, give a stable product to import. So the plan below is consistent with that experience, IMO. It looks like we have an idea of what the roadmap should be. I will put together a summary to combine the short term and long term approaches.
I don't think we will even try this until after netCDF-4.0 is released. As I recall, the idea was to come up the the long-term distribution plan. If I can summarize discussion so far, I would say the plan is: * Initial release of netCDF-4 and HDF 1.8 will occur this Summer. Users will install them one at a time, Unidata and NCSA will distribute netCDF and HDF5 as we do today. NetCDF-4 will insure that a correct version of HDF5 is installed. Users will have to link to both netCDF and HDF5 libraries. * About six months after initial release, some combined installations will be available. Users will be able to download one tarball from the Unidata site, and install both netCDF and HDF-5 libraries. They will still have to link to both libraries. * Within a year of initial release, a cvs merge of code bases will allow users to create a single library, with a single download and install procedure. NetCDF-4 will be a optionally enabled part of the regular HDF5 distributions. Users will only need to link to one library, the HDF5 one. * Additionally, a netCDF-only release will be available from Unidata. It will allow us to distribute betas and other updates, and allow users to install independently from HDF5 installation. Users may build HDF5 without netCDF, then build netCDF, then link to both libraries. Only enthusiastic beta testers and users in dire need of the latest release will attempt this. * As netCDF beta code becomes release code, it will be merged into HDF5 releases. Ed -- Ed Hartnett -- ed@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx